Housing Need (London)

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 11:00 am on 29th June 2010.

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Photo of Kevin Brennan Kevin Brennan Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills) 11:00 am, 29th June 2010

On a point of order, Mr Howarth. You will be aware that we have just lost an hour and a half of precious parliamentary debating time because of the failure of Richard Graham to turn up on time. The situation was compounded by the failure of the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Mr Hayes, to turn up in time for our 9.30 am debate. That debate was on the very important subject of apprenticeships. Is there any way in which we can reinstate that hour and a half of parliamentary time, which was lost because of tardiness that would not be tolerated of any apprentice throughout the country? Is not such a situation a contempt of the House, particularly given the number of hon. Members who would like to speak in this housing debate? Given that the hon. Member for Gloucester did not see fit to turn up on time for his debate, the hour and a half that was lost could have been used for the housing debate.